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well… you see I posted that above BEFORE I read what you messaged me….

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Checking out Tom Petty’s Wildflowers right now; I’ve been streaming his catalog the last couple of days. It’s got a few nice ones, I guess, but it’s not grabbing me.  

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Wildflowers changed how I saw Tom Petty and how I saw songwriting. It’s so understated, personal, yet full of quiet brilliance. You do have to be in the right mood, though; I like it best on slightly melancholy November afternoons.

It is definitely a very understated album though.

Yeah, I guess It’s bound to be more personal than a Heartbreakers record. But my tastes being what they are, it’s entirely predictable that I’d prefer a) albums made by a full band over a solo record; and b) albums recorded in the 70s/80s over ones from the “90s.

I really like this one, the opening track from ’82’s “Long After Dark” – the combo of chiming guitars and harmonies reminds me a lot of The Byrds, as this band often did, with Petty’s vocal resemblance to Roger McGuinn

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Isn’t there a “prefer” or something missing from your first sentence, vb?

Anyway, currently listening to the Fun Boy Three, and my preferred version of Our Lips Are Sealed (also the bigger hit in the UK) — don’t really think you can call it a Go-Go’s cover as Terry Hall co-wrote it…

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Isn’t there a “prefer” or something missing from your first sentence, vb?

  

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GEORGE: In fact, The Detroit Sound. JOHN: In fact, yes. GEORGE: In fact, yeah. Tamla-Motown artists are our favorites. The Miracles. JOHN: We like Marvin Gaye. GEORGE: The Impressions PAUL & GEORGE: Mary Wells. GEORGE: The Exciters. RINGO: Chuck Jackson. JOHN: To name but eighty. 

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I’m currently listening to a recording of The Beatles performing From Me To You and Please Please Me at EMI House 60 years ago today. 

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I’m currently listening to a recording of The Beatles performing From Me To You and Please Please Me at EMI House 60 years ago today. 

  

Thanks so much for the alert, this is a remarkably cool document – hearing them perform live in a small space, with no screams and maybe 30 company people all giving congratulatory applause after a very fine version of PPM …surreal Also a wee tiny bit of gtr feedback to make me squeal in joy, plus Paul’s “1, 2, 9!…” and John’s “You can go back to drinking now!” hahaha…a-hard-days-night-john-6

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I’m listening to this classic by Radiohead

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Revisiting my favorite Billy Joel song.

I love his refrain which he sings with such angry yet commanding zest:

I don’t care what you say anymore this is my life!
Go ahead with your own life leave me alone…

Now today I find, you have changed your mind

6 April 2023
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Rube said
I’m listening to this classic by Radiohead

  

I listened to this so much in college. Mostly when I had done something stupid, like procrastinating a big assignment till a couple days before due date, and had to deal with it. a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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Moten Swing….

i’ve been listening to a lot of jazz recently because band director. We are also playing this at jazz fest with the high school band (which i do guitar for) i love that sax line toward the end that is pianissmo and then it cresendos and the goes back down. that made 0 sense. I just love this song.

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I never heard of Moten Swing until 10 minutes ago. Checked it out, nice swing music. I like to snap my finger on every 4 beat.  Those saxophones I notice are accentuated more depending on who recorded it. Count Basie kind of underplayed them, but Rick Stizel’s arrangement puts them in the forefront.

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Playing some jazz myself, the fiery Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers’ “Free For All” 

(Recorded February 10, 1964…meanwhile, same day, 11 miles south, Beatles give a press conference in New York the day after their Ed Sullivan triumph)

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Count Basie kind of underplayed them, but Rick Stizel’s arrangement puts them in the forefront.

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That’s actually the arrangement Mr. Hart picked out for us. We are also doing another chart called “High Speed Pursuit” by Daniel Moore. It is insanely technical. Here it is: https://www.jwpepper.com/High-…..C-NYnbMLIU

Currently I am listening to I’m Getting Sentimental Over You, which we are also playing. I forget the arranger though..

It’s jazz fest season so i am listening to all of the charts like an insane person. between both the middle and high school bands i think I have 6 songs.

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Wow I listened to that piece and it’s very complex and fast on top of that.  It suddenly occurred to me to remember one song McCartney did with jazzy brass arrangements that are sort of in the same spirit, though maybe not quite as intricate — no doubt arranged by George Martin.

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@Beatlebug mused:
Last week I listened to nothing but Muse for five days straight a-hard-days-night-paul-7a-hard-days-night-paul-7a-hard-days-night-paul-7a-hard-days-night-paul-7

it was an epic binge brian-epsteinstuart-sutcliffea-hard-days-night-ringo-15

  

I always giggle a little when you mention Muse b-bug because of my first exposure to the band. In the early 2000s I was managing the biggest project of my career that required 100 data entry stations working 24/7 for 6 months. For the first few weeks things went fine with almost every person connected to some listening device and typing away. At some point my human resources person walked through the production area and decided that the headphones were a safety hazard. She talked the owner into banning them. Instead we had a radio/turntable attached to huge speakers for the operators to share. Most shifts agreed on the usual light rock stations except for one. I don’t remember the exact circumstances, but somehow we ended up with half of the Sunday morning 3rd shift coming from a nearby Baptist Church. I believe they would all go to worship when their shift was over. The other half was made up of college students who could only work weekends. So I get a call from the supervisor around 4:00 AM Sunday morning telling me I have come in. Seems the church folks had listened to gospel music for 4 hours with all of them singing along and shouting things like “Amen” and “Praise Jesus”. So I guess as an offset (or revenge), when it was the students turn to pick the music one of them choose The Muse album Origin of Symmetry. To the Baptists, Muse sounded like the devil himself singing from Hell. They were really shook up and some just walked out and never came back (not even for their check). By Monday we had gone back to the headphones. a-hard-days-night-ringo-14So whenever I hear Muse mentioned, I find myself properly aMUSEd.a-hard-days-night-john-6

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Snarky Puppy – Lingus 

another thing Mr. Hart showed me. That keyboard solo though…

Note: this song is improvised..

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@sigh butterfly said

I always giggle a little when you mention Muse b-bug because of my first exposure to the band. In the early 2000s I was managing the biggest project of my career that required 100 data entry stations working 24/7 for 6 months. For the first few weeks things went fine with almost every person connected to some listening device and typing away. At some point my human resources person walked through the production area and decided that the headphones were a safety hazard. She talked the owner into banning them. Instead we had a radio/turntable attached to huge speakers for the operators to share. Most shifts agreed on the usual light rock stations except for one. I don’t remember the exact circumstances, but somehow we ended up with half of the Sunday morning 3rd shift coming from a nearby Baptist Church. I believe they would all go to worship when their shift was over. The other half was made up of college students who could only work weekends. So I get a call from the supervisor around 4:00 AM Sunday morning telling me I have come in. Seems the church folks had listened to gospel music for 4 hours with all of them singing along and shouting things like “Amen” and “Praise Jesus”. So I guess as an offset (or revenge), when it was the students turn to pick the music one of them choose The Muse album Origin of Symmetry. To the Baptists, Muse sounded like the devil himself singing from Hell. They were really shook up and some just walked out and never came back (not even for their check). By Monday we had gone back to the headphones. a-hard-days-night-ringo-14So whenever I hear Muse mentioned, I find myself properly aMUSEd.a-hard-days-night-john-6

Oh my goodness SB that’s absolutely hilarious, especially because OoS is such a particularly dark and experimental album, and the closing track, “Megalomania”, has a funny story too.

So Matt Bellamy is atheist, and he wrote quite a few songs wrestling with his spiritual beliefs in the early oughts. That includes the closing track of OoS, “Megalomania”, which deals with something like the futility of creating humans to serve God when they are just going to sin anyway, and also with his feelings about the fact that his girlfriend at the time couldn’t have children (which meant a lot to him I guess). So basically it’s a whole angsty atheist existential crisis of a song, and the organ on the track was recorded on an old church organ in England (St Marys Church in Bath, according to musewiki.org). And the vicar wanted to see the lyrics for the song that he was lending his church organ to, to make sure the band weren’t devil worshippers, so Matt wrote some completely different happy-go-lucky lyrics to show the poor vicar to get his approval so he could use the organ a-hard-days-night-paul-10a-hard-days-night-paul-7

I do kind of feel bad for the Baptist folks and the St Marys Church vicar, and I certainly don’t advocate deceiving people to get the use of their instruments on your music that they wouldn’t approve of if they knew the truth, and I think Matt himself understands that he wasn’t in a good place then… but it’s still funny ahdn_george_06 and it’s a great song from a great album, which has meant a lot to me at various points a-hard-days-night-paul-7

I think the only album that would’ve been more on the nose to play would be Absolution, since that one is even more concerned with Matt’s spiritual issues and opens with “Apocalypse Please”, begging for “something Biblical to pull us through” a-hard-days-night-john-6 but I’m not sure when your story takes place, it may not have been released yet (Absolution came out in late 2003/early 2004 in the US).

I don’t know, maybe it was being raised on George Harrison , but I adore songs where the writer grapples with spiritual questions, regardless of what they actually believe in a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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@Neely 

That keyboard player on Snarky Puppy evidently has been influenced by Herbie Hancock.  I liked the brass lines of that piece, nice and tight like Tower of Power meets Average White Band.

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Yeah, it does sound like Herbie’s mid-70s sound, or Weather Report.

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